Virat Kohli is battling fitness concerns ahead of the start of the Indian Premier League but there are other stars that have been declared unfit to start.

The Ranchi Test in Australia was where Kohli picked up his shoulder injury. He would undergo assessment in the second week of April to determine if he could return, according to reports.

Murali Vijay featured for Kings XI Punjab last year but he is set to undergo surgeries in his right wrist and left shoulder. These would surely keep him out of the game for a while.

BCCI says that Ravichandran Ashwin will undergo at least six weeks of rehabilitation after he complained of groin problem. This means he would be out for the whole tournament duration.

Ravindra JAdeja was the leading wicket taker in the series against Australia. He has been sidelined for a fortnight as he injured his spinning finger. Gujarat Lions would surely miss his exploits. He is the second all-rounder behind Kapil Dev after he scored 500+ runs and taking 50 wickets in one season. He was heavily spent after last season where he bowled 4000+ deliveries and picked up 71 wickets.

Rising Pune Super Giants need to avoid orthodoxy from Top Order

The Rising Pune Super Giants probably had a little too much of orthodoxy in their top order in this year’s IPL which might have harmed them.

If you look at their opening pair and then, number three and number four in the first half of the tournament, they were all orthodox players.

In the shortest format, sometimes, when you are chasing down a big total or even playing at places where the par scores happen to be pretty high, say in excess of 180-200, you need to score at much higher than a run a ball from start to end.

However, when you go with technical batsmen, they don’t play the boundary shots as often as they should because they over-emphasize on the correctness of the batting.

They don’t even think about the cross batted hoicks and swipes which, from the test Cricket’s point of view, is a very good batting quality, but, in T20 or 50-over Cricket, not so much because in those formats it’s important for you to come up with those shots every once in a while.

With Pune, there was always a lull in their innings in between 6 to 15 overs with the fours and sixes hardly making any appearance and the 15-20 runs that they were scoring lesser in that period were making them lose games as it was only that much of margin that they were losing.

Gary Ballance is one of the big talks in the English media

The batting position of Gary Ballance is one of the big talks in the English media at present.

There are very few who are backing the Yorkshire left hander to keep batting no. 3 in the ongoing Ashes series.

But, Ravi Bopara reckons the kind of record Ballance has, people should not write him off.

In the words of Bopara, “Gary has shown he has the skills to grit his way through the new ball. If you see his record, he averages more than 50 and he has batted 3 for most parts of his career so far. Australia, of course, is one of the best bowling units and they pose a different challenge, but, still, I would say Gary has it in him to do well against them.”

Bopara himself has also had the opportunity to bat one down in an Ashes series.

When the Kangaroos had toured England in 2009, Bopara was slotted in the top order by the team management because of his brilliant form in domestic Cricket that season.

But, he turned out to be a failure and eventually found himself out of the team towards the end of the series.

His test career never recovered from there.

He played a few test matches after that batting in the lower middle order, but, didn’t manage to establish himself in the team.

Ravi Bopara dont bats well at the end of the innings

There is a misconception in the minds of a few people that Ravi Bopara bats well at the end of the innings and that he is a good finisher.

The reality is entirely opposite to that. Bopara is someone who cannot go hard at the bowling straightaway.

He hits the cricket ball cleanly, that is true, but, only when he plays a few deliveries.

He does not tend to muscle the ball, Bopara. He is more of a timer and that’s why, he needs some time at the crease.

However, in most of the teams which he plays for, he has to come lower down the order.

Even in the Indian Premier League this year, there is the same scenario. Bopara is batting 6 and sometimes even 7.

In the Sunrisers XI, there is a very strong case for Bopara to be pushed up as most of the guys in there are highly inexperienced and some of them are not even capped internationals.

No. 3 is Bopara’s place to bat in T20 Cricket or maybe no. 4, but, not lower than that. He can open as well if the Sunrisers want.

Ravi Bopara gone unsold in IPL 2014

Ravi Bopara had gone unsold during the IPL auctions in 2014 and he perhaps would have expected the same to happen to him again, but, that was not the case to be. He was actually picked by the Sunrisers Hyderabad today.

The former Australian player Tom Moody is the coach of the Sunrisers at the moment and it’s him who makes all the calls for them.

Moody is somebody who has been a professional coach for a long, long time and he does not believe in chasing those big, flashy names. He knows he needs to get utility players in to build a team and thus, he spends money very sensibly.

He would get some handy lower order batting from Bopara and a couple of tight overs with the ball too and the Kent all rounder did not cost him much either.  So, it was a brilliant pick.


The England cricket team has defeated New Zealand in the third ODI match played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. England won the match by 34 runs.

With this win, England restored some pride. Now, they can go into the Champions Trophy with a much better mindset.

The Kiwi skipper, Brendon McCullum, won the toss and elected to bowl first. England lost its first wicket early in the form of Alastair Cook.

Cook got out leg before wicket off the bowling of Mitchell McClenaghan.

Because of the early departure of Cook, England couldn’t take full advantage of the first 10 overs. Bell and Trott were playing with a cautious approach and as a result, the run rate was a bit low.

The Warwickshire pair of Bell and Trott added 66 runs for the second wicket off 94 balls. That pair was split by McClenaghan who dismissed Trott at the score of 37.

Bell put another half century stand with Joe Root for the 3rd wicket which put England in a very good position.

But, Bell and Root got dismissed in a space of 5 deliveries which brought the Kiwis back into the contest.

The comeback man Ravi Bopara tried to steady the ship and played a sensible inning of 20 odd, but, he was not able to tee off. When he got out on the 5th ball of the 46th over, the score of England was just 210 and even reaching a score of 250 was not looking easy from that position.

But, the England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler came out to bat at no. 7 and with his power hitting, he changed the whole complexion of the game. He scored 47 off just 16 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes and took England to a score of 287.

In reply, New Zealand started well, but, the English spinners got some quick wickets in the middle overs and put pressure on the Kiwis.

Ross Taylor built a couple of useful stands with the tail-enders and kept New Zealand’s hopes alive, but, Tredwell got rid of him in the 43rd over when the score of New Zealand was 235 and with that wicket, the game was almost over.

The last Kiwi pair couldn’t do much and New Zealand got all out on 253.


The top order batsman of the England cricket team, Jonathan Trott, has said that his team will have to work very hard if it has to give India a tough fight in the remaining matches of the test series. In the first match of the series, Engand had to suffer a humiliating defeat by 9 wickets.

Talking to the reporters ahead of the second test match, Trott said, “We were outsmarted by the Indian players in the first test match; there is no doubt about that. But, it happens sometimes when you go on an overseas tour. We were not quite adapted to the conditions and couldn’t quite adjust our game for the slow and low wicket.”

“We certainly put up an improved performance in the second innings of the Ahmedabad test match. Obviously, the skipper showed us how to tackle the spin bowling. He played with great determination and composure and we need to take a leaf out of his book. That was really a very impressive knock. To play such a knock under subcontinent conditions requires great skills.”

When asked if he has some special plans to tackle the Indian spinners in the second test, Trott said, “No, there is nothing special. May be I need to put my bat in front of the pads. But, look, it takes only one ball to get you out. In the second innings, I was putting the bat in front of the pads, but, it still took the edge.”

“I think we need to play positively as well. In Ahmedabad, we looked to defend too much and that was one of the reasons of our downfall. We need to play a few more shots against the spinners.”